Global Design Inspiration in House Beautiful

Global Design Inspiration in House Beautiful

Design inspiration from around the globe is the theme for October’s House Beautiful. With the debut of its new pop-up series, this month features guest editor Chesie Breen as our guide to the homes of Americans abroad. From London to Oslo to Rome and beyond, we get to scratch our travel itch with vicarious visits to fabulous flats and follies. I am delighted to share a sneak peek at the colorful restoration of a 16th century French estate by conductor and harpsichordist William Christie.

Having moved to France after college, Christie discovered the Vendée region, southwest of Paris almost 40 years ago, loving the “unspoiled, deep country not far from the sea.” He rented for several years until he found Le Bâtiment, a ruin from 1630 that still retained its aristocratic bones.…

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Picture Perfect Parties

Picture Perfect Parties

Even though it’s not officially fall, the “season” seems to have already gotten underway with invitations flowing in. How convenient that Picture Perfect Parties is coming from Rizzoli on October 1 to solve all our entertaining needs.

Stylist and entertaining expert Annette Joseph‘s motto is “make it simple and make it gorgeous” and you will clearly see how she achieves her results in her terrific new book. Chock full of recipes, advice and tricks of the trade, you’ll be party-ready in no time. I love how everything in the book is unintimidating and approachable. Even novice cooks and hosts will feel confident that they can put together a delicious, beautiful and fun event.…

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Escapade | A Parisian Love Affair by La Maison Pierre Frey

Escapade | A Parisian Love Affair by La Maison Pierre Frey

La Maison Pierre Frey is a family firm that continues to straddle past and present with chic Parisian flair. From the historic document fabrics of Branquenié to its contemporary prints and weaves, the house combines its love for French heritage with an innovative modern vision. And it’s their willingness to think out of the box that led them to a stunning creative collaboration with director Martial Schmeltz – a film to discover, through an evening of evocative romance, the recently renovated Hotel Costes and two other special Parisian haunts swathed in the luxury of Pierre Frey. This small and sexy artistic jewel speaks volumes about the power of our surroundings, the sensuous allure of the City of Lights and the mysteries of passion.…

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Christie’s Interiors

Christie’s Interiors

Sometimes you have to go with the flow. I had a different post planned for today but then my very market-savvy sister sent me the latest issue of Christie’s Interiors. Finishing up her thesis for her Decorative Arts Masters, she faithfully follows all the auctions and knew this was one I would love. Christie’s Interiors is a marvelous source for collectibles and more reasonably priced fine and decorative art in almost every category. I love how it’s presented in a magazine format with all the information at your fingertips in an easy to read and enlarge format. No challenging fine print here!…

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The Design Landscape of Sawyer Berson

The Design Landscape of Sawyer Berson

After seeing the modern monolithic limestone and glass Southampton manse Sawyer | Berson created for designer Kelly Behun in last month’s ELLE DECOR, I was led to the architects’ site to see what else they had been doing lately. While familiar with several of their projects, I was delighted to discovered what a wide range of impressive oeuvre this firm has.

After having met during careers at Robert Stern, Brian Sawyer and John Berson started their firm in 1999. Since then, the interdisciplinary partnership has included architecture,  landscape architecture and interior projects throughout the country. I must admit that I didn’t even realize that one of their early designs, a personal favorite, was theirs.…

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The Classic Architecture of Eric J. Smith

The Classic Architecture of Eric J. Smith

As I was savoring the last weekend of August, trying not to do too much of anything, I fell down the rabbit hole online and rediscovered the work of architect Eric J. Smith. So to ease our way back into the season, let me share with you some of his beautiful houses. After meeting designer David Easton in Chicago where he was working in the early 80s, Smith moved to New York to run the designer’s drafting department. This was the beginning of many years of collaborating on projects around the world. Smith also maintains his own clients as does Easton.…

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At the Movies | The Sapphires

At the Movies | The Sapphires

It sometimes seems a tall order to find a movie both you and your children can enjoy. But if you are looking for a feel-good family film (PG-13) for this holiday weekend, I can heartily recommend The Sapphires. With thumbs up from me, my husband and 13 year old daughter, it clearly satisfies both the age and gender gaps.

Based on a true story, it follows the path of four spirited Aboriginal girls on their quest for singing stardom in the 60s. From a poor outback reservation in Australia to Viet Nam and back, you’ll be rooting for these four young women on their amazing journey.…

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Alessandra Branca for Schumacher

Alessandra Branca for Schumacher

I had been anxiously waiting to see designer Alessandra Branca‘s much anticipated fabric collection for Schumacher. I shared this with some of you several weeks ago but am reposting now so everyone can enjoy.  Teasing us with a trail of sneak peeks on her inspiring instagram feed, Alessandra shared at a recent lunch how pleased she is with the level of quality and craftsmanship that went into developing the line. With a love of color and the desire to infuse design with a respect for the past and a level of comfort commensurate for living today, the collection is dramatic, sophisticated and fun!…

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At Home Poolside with Susanna Salk and Bunny Williams

At Home Poolside with Susanna Salk and Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams certainly needs no introduction. The acclaimed designer is celebrated not only for her inspiring interiors but her refreshing and authentic approach to gracious living. The day we arrived at her house, trucks were unloading and the house was abuzz with preparations for a charity event for over 200 people that Bunny was hosting the next night. Yet she was unfazed and welcomed us as if there was nothing she would rather be doing. Tag along for a delightful visit with Bunny Williams at her iconic pool house in Connecticut where she shares her inspiration and insights into its genesis and the design process.…

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Shop Talk | Optical Shop of Westport

Shop Talk | Optical Shop of Westport

Eyewear represents the ultimate fusion of form and function. And nowhere is it taken more seriously as both scientific craft and highly personalized fashion statement than at the Optical Shop of Westport, here in Connecticut.

I was delighted to recently discover this charming store and meet owner Margharet Hollander. Serving the community for over twenty years, she has recently relocated to a fashionable new shop where she offers a highly curated selection of exclusive world wide brands.

Margharet attends eyewear shows around the world, from Paris to Tokyo, to source the most distinctive luxury styles. Each pair of glasses offered in the shop is one of a kind.…

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